Keeping in line with the thinking of Mohamed, “everything you have is ours and it always has been.”
|UNESCO, Palestinians claim ownership of Dead Sea Scrolls|
Palestinians say that as the Qumran Caves, in the Judean Desert, are beyond the Green Line, Israel has taken possession of the ancient texts illegally • Israeli envoy to UNESCO: This is another provocative attempt by the Palestinians to rewrite history.
One of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Photo credit: Israel Antiquities Authority
The Palestinian Authority is planning to claim ownership of the Dead Sea Scrolls and demand that UNESCO order Israel to surrender the artifacts, Israel Hayom learned over the weekend.
Discovered in the Qumran Caves in the eastern Judean Desert between 1947 and 1956, the scrolls — a trove of 981 different texts dating back to the time of the Second Temple — are believed to be the work of members of a Jewish sect known as the Essenes.
The majority of the scrolls are written in Hebrew, some are written in the Aramaic dialects common to the area at that time, and a handful of parchments are written in Greek.